The emergence of an online learning community in first year tertiary studies in psychology

Holt, Dale, Rice, Mary and Armatas, Christine 2003, The emergence of an online learning community in first year tertiary studies in psychology, Australian journal of educational technology, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 161-175.

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Title The emergence of an online learning community in first year tertiary studies in psychology
Author(s) Holt, Dale
Rice, Mary
Armatas, Christine
Journal name Australian journal of educational technology
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 161
End page 175
Publisher Australian Society for Educational Technology
Place of publication Carlingford, N.S.W
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0814-673X
1449-5554
Keyword(s) educational technology
audio-visual education
computer assisted instruction
Summary The introduction of an online supported, resource based learning environment into a large, multi-modal first year psychology unit led to the spontaneous development of a small, but active, learning community. While off campus students were more active online contributors, many other students "observed" these interactions, not actively contributing but finding the discussion postings valuable to their learning. Overall, use and perceived value of the online communication facilities were related to how confident students were that they had an appropriate study strategy, with off campus and older students reporting greater confidence in their study approach. The results highlight that the nature and function of learning communities for large, multi-modal foundation units are quite different to those typically articulated in the literature and are worth further investigation.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002029

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